School uniforms? No thanks.
If there’s any one thing that reminds me that traditional schools began as military institutions, it’s the uniforms. Little citizens, like boxes on a hillside, all lining up to be well behaved.
But by which century’s standards?
Few things perplex me like the sight of a young child yoked into a tie. Truthfully, I don’t think about it very much, as my sons go to an alternative school where uniforms are not required (although tidy dress is encouraged), but every now and again I drive past a crocodile of blazered children, walking two-by-two in the blazing heat, and think to myself: “Why does anyone still think uniforms are a good idea?”
I just don’t get it.
The pro arguments I’ve heard tend to go as follows:They look neat.
This may sometimes be true, although looking around your average mall, it’s impressive how sloppy you can make a uniform look if you really try. And why do they have to look neat in a uniform? To be a walking school advert?
Schools? I’d much rather you focused on your reputation, be good enough to get some word of mouth going, have an outstanding results record, fabulous teachers/facilities/extra-murals. My kid? Not your billboard, thanks.They take dressing for school ‘out of the equation’
. It’s hard enough to find yourself in this world, why take away any opportunity for children to express themselves in a way that doesn’t hurt others? Why are we telling them individuality is a bad thing? Have you SEEN the world out there? Individuality is a GREAT thing. Teaching children to be sheep is a terribly BAD thing. I think.It’s cheaper.
Than what? Buying your child enough clothes to have a fashion show every day? Or buying jeans, t-shirts and sweaters... the ones you’d be buying ANYWAY for after school? Because if the former is your worry – isn’t that more a home discipline issue? Your kid's got to learn how to cut his or her cloth according to a budget – starting to learn this at school doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to me.They instil a sense of pride in one’s school
I have had a fair amount of exposure to alternative schools which don’t require uniforms, both here and abroad, and I’ve met a lot of children at traditional, uniformed schools. (Heck, I’ve BEEN a child at a traditional, uniformed school.) I am staggered by how much more school pride the children at the alternative schools have, when compared to those I have met in traditional schools. Sure, that’s just my experience... but it’s swayed me.
Is there an argument I am missing here, folks? Because, for the life of me, I don’t understand the point of sheeping up our kids in uniforms.
What do you think about school uniforms?
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